From the monthly archives:

December 2010

Protection for Consumers with ‘Limited Benefit” Insurance Policies

Some consumers may soon receive notices from their employers or insurers informing them that their health plans fall short of meeting standards required by the [...]

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National Council Releases Synopsis of CMS Guidance on Medicaid Health Homes

The National Council has released a new fact sheet summarizing recently issued guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the design [...]

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Understanding the Recent Virginia Court Decision on Healthcare Reform

On December 13, US District Judge Henry Hudson ruled that the provision in the healthcare reform law requiring individuals to purchase insurance is unconstitutional.  However, [...]

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Health Homes: What Are They?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently addressed this question in its September/October 2010 SAMHSA News Newsletter. A Health Home is another [...]

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BlueCross BlueShield Interactive Resource Answers Your Questions about Health Reform

The BlueCross BlueShield Association has posted on its website an interactive resource to help consumers get answers to their questions about how health reform will [...]

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Survey Finds US Adults More Likely to Go Without Healthcare

An 11-nation survey from The Commonwealth Fund returned results indicating that adults in the United States are more likely to go without health care because [...]

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Health Reform, Medicare, and People with Disabilities

Many changes included in the Affordable Care Act will benefit seniors and people with disabilities. Yet, many of these individuals remain unaware of how they [...]

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HHS Announces Rules Defining Medical Loss Ratios

On November 22, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new rules that will define how much of consumers’ [...]

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What Does the Election Mean for Health Reform?

On Nov. 12, 2010, the Alliance for Health  Reform held a briefing to discuss the impact of the midterm elections on health reform and other [...]

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Insurance Premiums Rose Faster than Wages from 2003-2009

According to a new report issued by the Commonwealth Fund, premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance increased an average of 41 percent across states from [...]

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